I'm a bit of a paella fan. I keep trying different recipes.So I can't believe that I've never posted one! OK, so this isn't my usual method, but it may be in the future! I've adapted it from Stephane Reynaud's "365 reasons to sit down and eat"... It's all about the sofrito... This one has chicken, prawns, chorizo and mussels. Lemon, avocado and coriander on top and drizzled with some Mexican chilli sauce.
Last weekend the Uniting Church's national Standing Committee (ASC) dealt with follow-on recommendation from the research/review and proposals that I presented to them in March 2013.
On this occasion it involved
approving a position description for a new National Director for Formation, Education and Discipleship, and a nominating committee (JNC) to seek and interview prospective people, probably for an appointment at the start of 2014;
terms of reference for a new Formation, Education and Discipleship Working Group (already referred to as the FEDs) and initial membership for the said body
a 'Ways of Working' document (OK not the best title but I didnt think of it!) that outlined how CE will be better integrated across the inner and outer workings of the Assembly.
All of this was approved, with the main discussion being about the cultural diversity of the Working Group. This was definitely an issue worth raising.
Despite my earlier email about Lay Preachers, I think I'll refrain from posting unofficial minutes (yes, I got a friendly rap for that). Also, my CE report has not been made public (as it contains some internal review matters), but I'm going to offer up a few bits of the report.
Here are the proposals approved by the Uniting Church's national Assembly Standing Committee arising from the review of Lay Preachers. NOTE: These are NOT the official minutes but my record of what was approved.
That the Standing Committee
1. receive the report;
2. reaffirm the significance of the ministry of Lay Preacher for the life and witness of the Uniting Church and to invite congregations and councils of the church to celebrate the service of Lay Preachers.
3. encourage presbyteries, church councils and Ministers, in the light of Paragraph 13 of the Basis of Union,
…It acknowledges with thanksgiving that the one Spirit has endowed the members of Christ's Church with a diversity of gifts, and that there is no gift without its corresponding service: all ministries have a part in the ministry of Christ… The Uniting Church will thereafter provide for the exercise by men and women of the gifts God bestows upon them, and will order its life in response to God's call to enter more fully into mission.
to (a) encourage members whose gifts are in worship leading and preaching to develop and exercise their gifts; (b) seek to provide support and resourcing for the development of such gifts; (c) offer local opportunities for affirmation and recognition of those who serve in these ways; (d) seek to offer encouraging and constructive feedback to those who serve in these ways;
4. request Synod Secretaries to discuss the differences in systems and levels of remuneration and financial assistance for Lay Preachers and candidates across Synods in terms of training costs, travel costs and preaching/leading fees, and bring a recommendation to ASC regarding (a) the possibility of reducing the degree of discrepancy (b) ways to encourage presbyteries and congregations to follow such guidelines (c) sources of financial assistance (eg. study scholarships or subsidies);
Mexistrone soup is like Minestrone with a Mexican twist. It's not always the same twist. I was going to take the soup in a curry direction and then changed my mind. As well as multiple veg (onion, celery, carrot, zucchini, corn,
tomatoes, beans) it has local Kanmantoo smoked bacon and garlic
Plus 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1 tsp ground turmeric, 1 tsp smoked spanish paprika, 2 tsp chipotle adobo, about 2/3 tsp freshly ground cloves, handful of chopped basil leaves, handful of chopped coriander leaves.
I decided to serve it in one big bowl in the middle of the table and let people help themselves, kind of like a dip at a party.
Once the soup was in the bowl, I added a bit of lime juice, lime wedges, grated cheese, mixed sour cream & avocado, crispy fried chorizo "chips", coriander leaves and corn chips. I think it worked. It tasted great!
I made a mushroom tarte tartin with button, oyster, shitake and portobello mushrooms, with leeks and feta cheese on the bottom. Served with a piece of steak and parsnip mash.
500g mixed mushrooms - cut larger ones in half. Use an oven-proof frypan.
Saute in 40g unsalted butter and 1 tbs olive oil (I used garlic infused oil) and a pinch of salt on medium heat for 3-4 mins until softerned. (I found in the cooking process that the shitake mushrooms took much longer thatn the others to soften).
Add 1 clove garlic, chopped and 1 tsp thyme leaves. Cook, stirring often, until liquid has disappeared and mushrooms are soft and well cooked. This will take quite a while. Season with salt and pepper.
At this stage I departed from the recipe and on top I put crumbled feta cheese, sliced leek sauteed in butter, and a squeeze of lemon juice (about a teaspoon).
Place a sheet of puff pastry (cut off corners to make it round) over the mushroom mixture and tuck the edges under the mushrooms, It's an upside-down tart so try to flatten it a bit so its even.
Cook in oven at 200C for about 25 mins until pastry is puffed and golden brown. Remove from oven and rest for a couple of minutes. Invert the pan onto a serving place. Top with some parsley and serve with creme fraiche.